The legendary rock band is still going strong after decades. Fresh on the heels of a new album, Lynyrd Skynyrd will rock Riverbend fans from the Coca-Cola stage on Thursday, June 12.
Lynyrd Skynyrd returns with a fiery slice of Southern-style guitar rock heaven in “Last of a Dyin’ Breed,” their latest release on Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records, which released last August.
Driven by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, Lynyrd Skynyrd has recorded an album (“under duress, as usual,” according to Van Zant) that very much lives up to the legacy begun some 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Fla., and halted for a decade by the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. Since then, the band lost Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson and Hughie Thomasson.
Despite surviving tragedy and the hard miles of rock ‘n’ roll, Lynyrd Skynyrd is on a roll. “God & Guns” debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard Top 200, giving the band their highest debut since 1977.
Skynyrd is known for hits like “Freebird,” “Simple Man,” Gimme Three Steps,” “Sweet Home Alabama” and many more.
Drake White will open for Lynyrd Skynyrd, starting at 9:30 p.m.
White is an aspiring singer-songwriter living in Nashville. The Hokes Bluff, Ala., native has a very different country feel with a freestyle twist on many of his original songs. The 27-year-old credits many country, blues, rock, freestyle and bluegrass influences with helping to form his musical sound that is unique in its own way.
Also recently announced on the lineup at Riverbend is Steel Pulse, who will jam on the Bud Light stage on June 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Steel Pulse is a British reggae band. They started out playing authentic roots reggae with touches of jazz and Latin music and earned a substantial audience worldwide. Their 1978 debut, “Hands Worth Revolution,” is still regarded by many critics as a landmark and a high point of British reggae. By the late ’80s, Steel Pulse had won a Grammy and was working full-fledged crossover territory. They subsequently returned to a tough-minded, rootsy sound and have added touches of dance hall and hip-hop along the way.
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